Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Cala Galera, Italy (Aug. 24, 2017) – The 2017 MELGES 32 BOERO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP hosted by CIRCOLO NAUTICO E DELLA VELA ARGENTARIOcame to life today, adding three more fierce races to the scoreboard under slightly breezy conditions.

Standing firm at the top once again is Russia’s Pavel Kuznetsov at the helm of TAVATUY (Evgeny Neugodnikov, tactician). His big risks, apparent aggressiveness and very few tactical mistakes paid off big as he further extended his lead by a couple of points.

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Just behind are some of his biggest adversaries, including Edoardo Lupi and Massimo Pessina (Lorenzo Bressani, tactician) sailing TORPYONE. Their 6-2-1 daily score is a vast improvement over yesterday’s 7-8, moving them up to second place.

Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio’s G.SPOT (Branko Brcin, tactician) experienced a mediocre day on the race course. In particular, a scoring set-back in Race Four dropped them into third.

In contrast, Race Four was a banner heat for Melges 32 Class stalwart Edoardo Pavesio’s FRA MARTINA (Manuel Weiller Vidal, tactician) as he earned a valuable bullet, enabling him to remain in fourth.

Matteo Balestrero proved that patience and small steps can mean big movement. Thanks to a subtle 3-9-3 scoreline, he and his GIOGI team have now emerged into the top five.

Notable kudos go out to Vincenzo Onorato’s MASCALZONE LATINO (Cameron Appleton, tactician) for a nice, well-deserved win in Race Three.

The Corinthian division standings remain very close with little change from Day One. The all Italian teams of Martin Reintjes’ CAIPIRINHA (Enrico Fonda, tactician) and Francesco Graziani’s VITAMINA (Andrea Fornaro, tactician) are still first and second respectively.

Tomorrow will mark the third day of competition and for some, it will be the last opportunity to ‘move up’ as with the completion of Race Six, each team will discard their worst performance.

The first warning on Friday will be 13.00 (Italy).

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

The Melges 32 World Championship presented by Boero Yacht Coatings is proudly supported by Helly Hansen, Toremar, North Sails, Garmin Marine Italia, Lavazza and Barracuda Communication.

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Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

TOP FIVE RESULTS (PRELIMINARY – After Five Races)
1.) Pavel Kuznetsov/Evgeny Neugodnikov, TAVATUY; 1-1-2-5-10 = 19
2.) Edoardo Lupi-Massimo Pessina/Lorenzo Bressani, TORPYONE; 7-8-6-2-1 = 24
3.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Branko Brcin, G.SPOT; 2-3-4-14-2 = 25
4.) Edoardo Pavesio/Manuel Weiller Vidal, FRA MARTINA; 3-7-8-1-7 = 26
5.) Matteo Balestrero/Daniele Cassinari, GIOGI; 12-6-3-9-3 = 33
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Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

TOP FIVE RESULTS (2017 Melges 32 World League, Four Events Completed)
1.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio, G.SPOT = 72 pts.
2.) Edoardo Lupi/Massimo Pessina, TORPYONE = 68 pts.
3.) Andrea Lacorte, VITAMINA AMERIKANA = 65 pts.
4.) Matteo Balestrero, GIOGI = 63 pts.
5.) Pavel Kuznetsov, TAVATUY; 60 pts.

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi)


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ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

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Copenhagen – A day that started with light almost drifting conditions ended by finishing with a nice southerly breeze of about 10-knots to bring three more races to the scoreboards in the ORC World Championship 2016. Class A completed a 39-mile offshore race to thus fulfill the minimum requirements to qualify the event as a World Championship, and Classes B and C were able to complete two inshore races and thus qualify them for one discard of their worse inshore race.

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ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

These two classes were also racing for the first time in their new Gold and Silver fleets, where those in the Gold group will be competing for the final podium positions.

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ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

Class A started at 1000 local time in a very light 6-7 knot southeasterly breeze to race their mandatory offshore race, a 39-mile journey from the start outside Skovshoved Harbor to the light at Pinhattan on the Swedish coast, then south towards the shoals at Sondre Flint, under the bridge to Malmo, around a shipping buoy at Drugden, then back north along a channel along the Danish coast back to the finish at Skovshoved.

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ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

The challenge for the fleet was not only the light airs but the strong north-flowing current encountered when crossing over to the Swedish coast. Axel Seehafer’s Soto 40 Sportsfreund did this well, using a masthead genoa to speed across the river of current. Once on the Swedish side, Christian von Trepka’s GP 42 Al Capone did this leg well, getting furthest left from the fleet and sailing a little extra distance to escape the current but then also being one of the first to get to the new filling southerly breeze that peaked at 14 knots in this region of the race. This allowed them to sail around their competitors and hold on to 3rd place in corrected time, their best result yet.

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ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

But in light airs there’s nothing like having a tall rig, so it was Vadim Yakimenko’s TP 52 Freccia Rossa and Mattias Mer’s Brenta 55 Ember Sea that corrected out 1-2 in this race, the third bullet for the French team on the TP and the first 2nd place for the Germans.

In Class B action, the Gold and Silver fleet struggled in light air in their first race, which had its last lap shortened so that race managers could finish and move south towards where Class C was enjoying perfect 10-11 knot conditions. In this slow first race the class leader, Claus Landmark’s Landmark 43 Santa, won her third bullet of the series, a position familiar to her and all those who raced in Class A in the Worlds in Kiel in 2014.

But winner of the second race sailed in faster conditions was a local team from Denmark who are marching up the ranks as they iron out the wrinkles from previous races and enjoyed a discard to move them into fifth place in the rankings. Peter Buhl’s Swan 42 Sirena put the pieces together for a perfect Race 7 to just save their time by 22 seconds over runner-up Mormet, Aaro Cantell’s X-41 who is lying also as the runner-up in the series, six points behind Santa.

In Class C the wind was a perfect 9-11 knots, perhaps too much so as the class got hungry at the starts, generating multiple General Recalls in both the Gold and Silver groups. By staying out of the fray and sailing their own race, Lukasz Trzcinski’s Dufour 34 GoodSpeed was the surprise winner of Race 6, and with another great result in Race 7 (fourth place) they shared the honors of being the Class C low-scoring boat of the day. The boat they shared with – on scores of 4-1 – was a team further up the leaderboard, second-placed Michael Mollman’s X-37 Hansen.

“If you want to beat us, you have to come to Gdansk!” said a jubilant Trzcinski, who is one of the organizers of next year’s ORC European Championship in this, his home port.

But with a lead of only 0.5 points Jascha Bach’s new Italia 9.98 Bachyachting Racing Team has retained their position at the head of the pack, discarding a fifth place in today’s second race. While its too early to predict who will be on the podium on Saturday night with still two more days of racing ahead, the gap between Hansen and Bachyachting to third-placed Pro4u/Malin, Patrik Forsgren’s modified Beneteau 36.7 is right now at a margin of 14 points.

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ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

ORC Worlds, Copenhagen (Photo by Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

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GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

 

After two very successful opening days of competition on Lake Garda, no racing was held on the final day of the GC32 Malcesine Cup. Following the collision of Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco and a press RIB on Friday, the Fraglia Vela Malcesine and the GC32 International Class Association did not reach an agreement over the liability for the final day of racing.

In the four years that the GC32 Racing Tour has existed, safety has always been of paramount importance. Steps the GC32 Racing Tour has taken this year include employing its own Safety Officer in Henrik Norberg – a former America’s Cup and multihull sailor, whose regular job for the last 25 years has also as a fireman and paramedic in his native Sweden. At the GC32 Malcesine Cup additional steps have been taken to increase the exclusion zone around the race area.

 

Christian Scherrer, GC32 Racing Tour Manager, said: “Fortunately there was no injury during Friday’s incident. We are continually taking steps to improve safety and have made considerable progress and will continue to do so this season.”

A safety group within the GC32 Class Association has been set up to improve safety procedures for future GC32 regattas. This group will include Norberg and some of the GC32’s most experienced and prominent sailors.

President of the Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Gianni Testa, commented:  “As event organiser, the FVM fully shares and agrees in the decision of the class: Safety First! Foiling is a new game and it requires new safety procedures to guarantee the safety on the race course for everyone involved.”

 

Team Tilt Winner (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Team Tilt Winner (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Team Tilt gets the ceremonial dowsing. Photo ©: Max Ranchi / www.maxranchi.com

Team Tilt victorious

The GC32 Malcesine Cup had a close conclusion with Switzerland’s Team Tilt finishing just one point ahead of the Franck Cammas-steered NORAUTO. These results are the opposite of those scored at May’s GC32 Riva Cup. With the two teams now tied on points at the top of the overall leaderboard, Team Tilt is nominally overall leader of the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour due to her winning the latest regatta.

Helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis said: “It is a great to win here in Malcesine and it is a good end for the boys at the end of the week we have done. We improved every race so it is good to have won here. It was pretty sad we didn’t complete any scoring races over the last two days. We wanted to fight more on the water so that is a shame, but it is life and we did the work at the right time.”

Jason Carroll’s Argo won the owner-driver trophy at the GC32 Malcesine Cup to consolidate her position at the top of 2016 owner-driver results table.

The GC32 Racing Tour now moves on to the 35th Copa del Rey MAPFRE, to be held over 3-6 August in Palma de Mallorca.

Looking ahead Psarofaghis said: “I think everyone will improve. I think will have some more people in the fight for the podium and we will have to push harder and harder and not rest on our laurels. Take the win now but work harder for the next race.”

Get the very latest news from the GC32 Racing Tour’s new social media pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gc32racingtour/
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Overall results (subject to jury hearings tomorrow)

Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Tot
1 Team Tilt 1 3 5 1 2 1 1 2 2 18
2 NORAUTO 3 1 1 3 1 2 2 5 1 19
3 Gunvor Sailing 2 2 4 5 7** 3 4 1 4 32
4 Argo 6 4 2 2 4 5 7 4 6 40
5 Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco 4 5 7 4 3 9 6 3 5 46
6 ARMIN STROM Sailing Team 5 7 6 10 10* 8 3 8 3 60
7 Mamma Aiuto! 10 8 3 7 7 7 8 6 8 64
8 Team ENGIE 9 9 9 6 5 4 5 7 13*** 67
9 Realteam 8 6 10 9 9 6 10 9 9**** 76
10 Orange Racing 7 10 8 8 10 10 9 10 7 79

* including a two point penalty
** including a one point penalty
*** plus a two point penalty
**** plus a one point penalty

Owner-driver ranking

1 Argo 6 4 2 2 4 5 7 4 6 40
2 Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco***** 4 5 7 4 3 9 6 3 5 46
3 Orange Racing 7 10 8 8 10 10 9 10 7 79

Overall results after two events

Pos Team Riva Malcesine Tot
1 TEAM TILT 2 1 3
2 NORAUTO 1 2 3
3 GUNVOR SAILING 4 3 7
4 ARMIN STROM SAILING TEAM 3 6 9
5 ARGO 7 4 11
6 MALIZIA 8 5 13
7 TEAM ENGIE 5 8 13
8 SPINDRIFT RACING 6 11 17
9 MAMMA AIUTO ! 10 7 17
10 REALTEAM 10 9 19
11 ORANGE RACING 9 10 19

Photos by Max Ranchi   www.Maxranchi.com

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GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

GC32 Malcesine Cup racing (Photo by Max Ranchi)

 

Baltic Offshore Week regatta which is also considered as the Estonian and Finnish ORC Championships was kicked off with a 52-miles long offshore race in Kalev Yacht Club, Tallinn Estonia, on Friday, June 17th. This regatta has been held yearly on the both shores of the Finnish Gulf since 2008.

43 offshore sailing teams – 21 from Finland and 22 from Estonia experienced a beautiful sunshine, strong wind with gusts, pouring rain and lack of wind during 8-10 hrs long offshore race. To get the best results a good knowledge and experience about the weather conditions and a bit of luck was highly needed.

The boats of the ORC A group, where there are 16 boats competing, were on the water from eight to nine and a half hours. The top podium places were taken by strong Finnish teams, who have enough experience and titles to display. The best corrected time was achieved by the 2012 and 2014 X-41 World Champion Normet FIN19 with Aaro Cantell helming. Only nine seconds behind as second was Tapani Sura’s team on boat Bella del Mare (First 40) from Finland. 2015 European A-B group bronze, Martin Estlander’s   Xini-Freedom (X-41) from Finland was following with 6 seconds behind. The best Estonian team in the offshore race was Lady Bird from Pärnu Yacht Club with Johannes Puusepp helming – their loss to the third position was three seconds only. Lady Bird seemed to be in the least hopeful situation after between the start and first mark, but then the wind conditions changed in favour of them bringing the boat to the first mark with a great margin ahead of the other competitors and they did not lose the advantage until the end of the course. Better starts and speed in the beginning of the race were the keywords to be safe from the wind holes during the later part of the course. These holes created near to one hour spaces between the finish times.  2015 A-B group European Champion Forte (X-41) with Jaak Jõgi’s team and the silver from the same group, Priit Tammemägi’s Premium (X-41) with Mati Sepp helming were respectively sixth and seventh.

In ORC B group among the 23 competitors got both the best elapsed and corrected time My-Car (X-35) team with experienced Andres Laul at the helm. My Car was the winner of the 2014 Baltic Offshore Week and their spent time on the water was almost nine hours. The second best time was achieved by Erkki Heinonen’ WE 2 / Sokos Hotel (First 35) from Finland. 2013 European Champion and 2014 European fourth in C group, Aivar Tuulberg’s Katariina II from Pärnu Yacht Club sailed to the third place. The team members of Katariina II were happy about the position as the tricky conditions made the sailing very challenging. They said having lots of luck ending up as the third. Some very hopeless situations turned in their favour and reaching to the better wind just approaching to the finish brought them to the top three boats. The places from the fourth to six were filled with the teams from the local Kalev Yacht Club – 2015 ORC European fifth in C group, Amserv Toyota Sailing Team (First 36.7) with Margus Zuravljov helming as fourth; 2015 European fourth in the same group Jazz (First 34.7) with Juss Ojala steering as fifth;   and 2015 European seventh, Brigitta-X (X-34) with Aleksandr Karboinov at the helm as sixth.

Among the multihulls the best time was achieved by Heikki Jürilo’s Cremefraes with Janne Riihelä helming from Kalev Yacht Club.

Full results http://balticoffshoreweek.org/results/

Photos of Day 1 – Max Ranchi 

Baltic Offshore Week continues on Saturday with four inshore races and will end on Sunday with two inshore races and one coastal race scheduled.  2016 ORC class Estonian and Finnish champions will be awarded late Sunday afternoon in Kalev Yacht Club.

Racing on Sunday can be followed by Postimees LiveStreamhttp://purjetamine.postimees.ee/  and SportRec tracking http://www.sportrec.eu/?page_id=628 since 10.50 a.m. until 2 p.m. Commentator will be former Finn sailor Aare Kööp.

Baltic Offshore Week is organized by Kalev Yacht Club in co-operation with Estonian Yachting Union, HSK – Helsingfors Segelsklubb and Finnish Offshore Racing Association. The supporters of the regatta are Postimees and Tallink.

Website: http://balticoffshoreweek.org/

Event in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Baltic.Offshore.Week/

 

Baltic Offshore Race Day One  – Photos by Max Ranchi   www.MaxRanchi.com

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 -2 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 4 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 5 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 6 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 7 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 8 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 9 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 10 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 – 11 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 -1 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Baltic Offshore Race Day 1 -11 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

 

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

(Thursday 26th May, Scarlino) – Broad smiles around the Marina di Scarlino told the story of Races 3 and 4 for the 52 SUPER SERIES’ Scarlino Cup and without doubt the most contented crew were that of Ergin Imre’s Provezza. Not only did the Turkish flagged team win both races but they led at every mark, even the margins at times were mere metres. It was a nice early season payback to the hugely supportive and enthusiastic owner Imre who invested heavily through this last winter, ordering a new, stiffer rig and new foils and enhanced their sail programme in a clearly defined quest to stand on the podium at the end of this season.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

With the 9-13kts breeze round more to the south than Day 1 there was an acknowledged advantage on the left side of the upwind, closer to the beneficial influence of the land. Provezza executed their game plan to the letter, staking an early claim to the pin end of the start line and fighting to maintain that key spot.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Their lead at the top mark in the first race was more conclusive, in the second it was down to a matter of a half a boat length on Azzurra and Quantum Racing. But the Provezza team stayed cool through the day and enjoyed their success, well knowing that they had been fortunate to make it to the start line.

They broke a deflector during the pre-race warm up and had to send a crew member aloft for nearly 30 minutes to make a fix. In fact this mishap rather cleared their heads, admitted tactician Tony Rey later, and they could do little more than focus on fighting for the pin and delivering on their game plan.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Andy Beadsworth, the GBR Olympian who steers Provezza commented:

“We have done a lot of work over the winter. Ergin has committed a lot of resources to try and improve the boat with a new rig, new foils, a few changes to the positions of the foils. We have made a few sail design changes and hopefully these things are coming together and we will see a general trend of improvement. A day like to today makes everything worthwhile.”

The two race wins promote Provezza to second overall after four races of this opening regatta of the 52 SUPER SERIES season four points behind Quantum Racing. If Provezza’s starts were pin sharp today Quantum Racing’s were not up to their usual high standards. They were fouled in the final minute of the second race and had to compromise on what they wanted to do. Second to last off the line they still battled to third by the windward mark. The first start was the better but they held fourth all the way around the track. Overall it was another consistent day for the Ed Baird skippered Quantum Racing, 4,3 giving them a lead of four points now, improved by one point on the morning’s standings.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Azzurra came back to the dock with smiles much more evident than their “nightmare” start to the season yesterday. A good second in the second race of the day finally ignited their grins. They had their best start of the series so far, next boat to windward of Provezza and held second all the way around. This contrasted sharply with their first start of the day when they were ejected from the pin end sandwich and had to take a penalty. The Azzurra team were fully 40 seconds late in starting as a consequence but pulled through to sixth, what Vasco Vascotto, the Azzurra tactician, later described as “a little miracle”.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Consistency has been the Quantum Racing metier so far, Terry Hutchinson so far proving the fleet’s professor of risk management. This is especially evident on the start line where, as Hutchinson points out, they will not compromise the security of the big picture game plan by pressing for a high risk start. Don’t mistake this playoff between prudence and high stakes gambling as not pushing hard at the start:

“When I open the door in the morning I start pushing!” Hutchinson says emphatically.

Meantime rival Vasco Vascotto reaffirmed that nothing changed in the way they sailed the Azzurra, the 2015 52 SUPER SERIES championship winners, from yesterday’s high scoring opening to today’s very obvious improvement:

“I said to the guys on the boat ‘we change nothing’ we sail how we know we can sail and just remember there will be many ups and downs this season, that is how close this fleet is.”

Racing continues Friday with the coastal race planned.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series – Scarlino Cup
Standings after four races:
1 Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (1,3,4,3) 11 pts
2 Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (4,9,1,1) 15 pts
3 Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (5,2,3,6) 16 pts
4 Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (3,4,7,4) 18 pts
5 Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (2,5,8,5) 20 pts
6 Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (7,8,6,2) 23 pts
7 Sled, USA (Takashi Okura JPN) (6,1,9,8) 24 pts
8 Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (9,6,2,7) 24 pts
9 Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (8,7,5,9) 29 pts
10 Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (10,10,10,10) 40 pts
11 Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (11,11,11,11) 44 pts

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Quotes:
Andy Beadsworth GBR, helm Provezza TUR:

“We recognised in the pre race line ups that the left was pretty strong. We had a panic before the start because we broke a deflector and so I say the shore crew did a greta job getting up there and lashing a new one in. They got us on the start. We worked hard on both starts to win the pin. The left came good and we were just half a length forward, and I mean only half a length. It was only that and that is that half boat length you are always looking for in tuning and training . That was what it was at the top mark.

We have done a lot of work over the winter. Ergin has committed a lot of resources to try and improve the boat with a new rig, new foils, a few changes to the positions of the foils. We have made a few sail design changes and hopefully these things are coming together and we will see a general trend of improvement. A day like to today makes everything worthwhile.”

 

Terry Hutchinson (USA), tactician Quantum Racing (USA):

“The first race we did not get a great start and had to clear and take some transoms and so to get back from that and get fourth was good. And in the second race at 50 seconds we got fouled and that really put us on the back foot and forced us away from where we wanted to go and so there to battle back to third was a solid day.

There are a lot of things still we can improve upon. The endgame is on Sunday and so we just try to keep ourselves in the hunt.

Everyone I think had the same strategy wanting to go left. Provezza I think footed off a little to leeward it was very subtle. The left came in strong at the top of the beat. I would have picked Azzurra winning the second race. We sailed in about 45 seconds of fluffiness and Provezza was rumbling on layline the whole time. They were just in the spot they needed to be to pin Azzurra from tacking. Certainly that was higher risk higher reward (for them). But in the big picture world I am plenty happy with how we sailed. Our executions of our starts were not to our standards and so there are a lot of things there we can make gains on, there are good things communication wise that I will get better on which will Ed get us away cleanly.

I am pushing the minute I get out the door in the morning. I think it is risk/reward, you are balancing the percentages. Yesterday first race of the year we came off the pin clean, it was high risk but it was open. We are never going to compromise our start to execute the big picture strategy. It is only one part of the race.”

Vasco Vascotto ITA, tactician Azzurra (ITA/ARG):

“I am happier for sure. Yesterday was a bit of a nightmare for sure. And then in the first race we had a penalty and so were last by a long way. Left was so strong that it was then hard to come back from there, but really we did a nice job from there. We made a little miracle. We had a nice start in the second race. Who won the pin won the race but it was very close. At the top mark it was just down to a few metres. Now we need to slow ourselves down a little, prepare well and relax. We are doing a good job, speed is good, crew work is good, the worst thing is the tactician. We are happy today because we know that we don’t have to change much. I said to the guys this morning ‘we don’t have to change anything, be ready to have some ups and some downs this season because the fleet is so competitive.”

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

(Wednesday 25th May – Scarlino, Tuscany) – There were few surprises on the long awaited first day of the new 2016 52 SUPER SERIES season. Along the race dock of Tuscan’s showcase Marina di Scarlino the nervous tension bubbled from early morning right through until dockout time. But the two light winds races adhered to the letter the widely expected plot line when Quantum Racing emerged with a small three points lead – smart, patient, percentage sailing being their Day 1 watchwords – and no fewer than four boats all log-jammed into a share of the same 7 points tally between second and sixth in the 11 boat fleet.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Quantum Racing’s tenacious tactician Terry Hutchinson may have expressed his concerns that their team was not quite at the high level of readiness he would have wanted, but the American flagged crew made key crucial gains, going forwards in both windward leeward races to score a first and third and so lie three points ahead of the four boat cluster.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

When they lost Alegre on the first run of the first race they fought hard to get back into the lead on the second run, so taking first blood for the season, leaving Andy Soriano’s team to second place. And in the second contest Quantum Racing showed their mettle when they chipped away to convert a fifth at the top of the first beat to a third on the finish line.

“It’s two down 48 to go” smiled Hutchinson ashore after racing. He considers they sailed little different today to how they did in yesterday’s practice race when they made a sixth.

“We had a great session this morning talking about the mistakes we made yesterday, and how we are continuing to do the high percentage things that we think are going to work. Yesterday [practice race], we felt like we did that, but we got absolutely nothing for it. But overall the boat is going quite well. We have quite a good setup.

 

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Just as every team has expressed their pre-season belief that this will be an incredibly close season, the level being almost universally high, so there is an immediate, ringing endorsement with four boats – all you would consider as podium contenders for a regatta or at the end of the season – unerringly finishing Day 1 on the same points. Takashi Okura’s Sled won the second race and matched that to a sixth and are credited with second overall.

Platoon’s fifth in the first race is bolted to an excellent second behind Sled in the second race. Alegre showed great potential but might rue small losses for a 2,5 when it could have been a 1,3 had they converted their best positions in both races. Rán Racing, with Morgan Larson and Adam Beashel combining on tactics and strategy, proved to be one other team along with Quantum Racing which made important successive gains. They transformed an early fifth to a third in Race 1 and then a Mark 1 sixth to a finish line fourth in Race 2. Gains down the last run were a notable aspect of the Rán game.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Of course there is little of real solid substance to be extrapolated from Day 1 of a season which is likely to comprise somewhere around 25 days and perhaps 45 or 50 races which all count. In essence it just sets the ball rolling, buries the first day nerves – which were very evident in the way some teams sailed – and sets the 52 SUPER SERIES down to business in this fifth year of is existence.

The Scarlino race arena – new to this 52 SUPER SERIES circuit – delivered light, shifty breezes which were hard to read. Staying in the best strands of wind pressure and changing gears was vital.

Now with a full year of racing under their belts since the newest generation of boats were launched and prepped hurriedly for the Valencia opener 12months ago, suffice to say that Day 1 may not have yielded any big, toys out the pram upsets, no high octane drama but instead it served only to whet the appetite further for what promises to be a truly mouth watering 52 SUPER SERIES season.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 SUPER SERIES

Scarlino Cup, Standings after Day 1, 2 Races
1 Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (1,3) 4 pts
2 Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (6,1) 7 pts
3 Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (5,2) 7 pts
4 Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (2,5) 7 pts
5 Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (3,4) 7 pts
6 Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (4,9) 13 pts
7 Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (9,6) 15 pts
8 Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (8,7) 15 pts
9 Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (7,8) 15 pts
10 Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (10,10) 20 pts
11 Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (11,11) 22 pts

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Terry Hutchinson (USA), tactician Quantum Racing (USA):

“It’s two down, 48 to go. It was a good day. We had a great session this morning talking about the mistakes we made yesterday, and how we are continuing to do the high percentage things that we think are going to work. Yesterday [practice race], we felt like we did that, but we got absolutely nothing for it. The boat was going quite well. We have quite a good setup. I think there was that and then there being a little bit of better pressure up the leeward left hand side going up the beat made for a good gain up the second beat where we were hanging on and defending.

Yes we were making gains but yesterday we went backwards. That’s the difference, but we didn’t sail any differently today than we did yesterday [practice race]. I think that we’re scratching the surface as a team about how we’re going to evolve. We had a great session on the boat this morning as well, on our way out, about things that we can go better. I’m very optimistic. The other unique feature is that now, we have a great training partner in Platoon, which is making for our ability to get faster through the water. We’re faster, as well, on shore. We debrief every morning and talk to those guys, I mean, they’re a great sailing team so there’s a lot of evolution that’s happening. It’s simply a matter of keeping it all pointing in the right direction.

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Hamish Pepper (NZL) strategist Sled (USA):

“We’re reasonably happy. It’s going to be a long season, so to start the first day with two ‘keepers’, we’ve got to be happy with that. It’s more important for us to be consistent overall than to win races, but it’s nice to win a race this early in the regatta. It just shows the work we’ve done over the winter to the boat, the boat’s going well, and the team’s going well. But it is certainly going to be a tight series, and that’s why we’re here sailing TP52s!”

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

52 Super Series (Photo by Max Ranchi)

 

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GC 32 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

By James on 17 May. 2016

The GC32’s first ever match racing event, the GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee concluded on Austria’s breathtaking Lake Traunsee on Sunday with a clear victory for the French team, NORAUTO, helmed by New Zealand’s Adam Minoprio.

“It was great to go racing on Lake Traunsee again,” commented Team ENGIE skipper Sébastien Rogues. “It was good practice and an opportunity to see how the other teams are sailing before we start the GC32 Racing Tour.”

Match racing GC32s received the thumbs up from competitors and organisers alike.

“The format was interesting with fleet racing and match racing,” said Flavio Marazzi. “And there was a good mix of teams. It was the first time we’d raced with this crew and with a new boat we’d only sailed for three or four days.”

Christian Scherrer, Manager of the GC32 Class Association was also positive: “It turned out to be a really good idea. The matches have been intense, exciting, with some great pre-starts and many lead changes. I was very positively surprised. It’s certainly a format we’ll consider using more in the future.”

 

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

 

Four teams competed in the four day event, which started with two days of fleet racing. The winner from this got to choose his opponent for day three’s match racing, leaving the remaining pair of boats to fight it out. The winners and losers respectively from these matches then went on to line up in the final and petit final on the last day.

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Organised by Austrian sports marketers PROFS Consulting GmbH in association with the GC32 Racing Tour, the GC32 Alps Challenge Traunsee was the fourth occasion the foiling one design catamarans have begun their season on scenic Lake Traunsee, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Austria’s ‘mini Lake Garda’ has delivered erratic conditions for GC32 racing previously, but this year there was enough wind not only to complete the full racing schedule, but also for the foiling GC32s to show off their flying ability.

Practice makes perfect and throughout the four day event, NORAUTO was in a class of her own, Adam Minoprio and his crew benefitting from ‘two boat training’ their GC32s in Brittany. Minoprio, a former Match Racing World Champion, has a good track record on Lake Traunsee, winning there in the class’ first ever regatta in 2013 and again with Luna Rossa in 2014.

 

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Having won all but two of Thursday and Friday’s fleet races, Minoprio picked PROFS I Youth America’s Cup – Team Austria, skippered by Max Trippolt, to race in Saturday’s match racing semi-finals. Against the less experienced Austrian youth team, NORAUTO won decisively, 3-0.

Less decisive was the match between the more seasoned GC32 crews: Sebastien Rogues’ Team ENGIE and GC32 class president Flavio Marazzi’s ARMIN STROM Sailing Team. Marazzi, the Swiss former Olympic Star sailor, got the upper hand initially, taking the score-line to 2-0. Then Rogues, the former Class40 offshore racing champion, fought back to level the score at 2-2 at the end of day three.

On the last day ARMIN STROM Sailing Team won the decider, to gain a berth in the final against NORAUTO.

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

Winning skipper Adam Minoprio commented: “Traunsee was good fun – colder than before, but with good breeze for racing most of the time. We had some good racing and good success. We were definitely were manoeuvring the boat a lot smoother than the other teams. But like all lake sailing, no matter how good your manoeuvres are, getting the right puff is more important and during both the fleet racing and the match racing, we ended up on the right side of every wind shift which gave us the race wins.”

 

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

With winds gusting to 15 knots, but still patchy, NORAUTO was once again unbeaten in the first-to-four final.

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

 

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

In the petit final, to determine third and fourth places, Team ENGIE prevailed, dropping just one race to PROFS I Youth America’s Cup – Team Austria.

“It was great to go racing on Lake Traunsee again,” commented Team ENGIE skipper Sébastien Rogues. “It was good practice and an opportunity to see how the other teams are sailing before we start the GC32 Racing Tour.”

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GC 32 racing Day 3 (Photo by Max Ranchi)

 

There was also attractive prize money, with NORAUTO heading back to France 15,000 € better off, while ARMIN STROM Sailing Team won 10,000 € for coming second and third placed Team ENGIE 5,000 €.

Teams are now gearing up for the start of the GC32 Racing Tour proper. This kicks off on 26-29 May with the GC32 Riva Cup, held at Riva del Garda on Italy’s Lake Garda, where nine GC32 teams will compete..

Results

Finals (match racing, best-of-seven):
NORAUTO v ARMIN STROM Sailing Team: 4:0

Petit finals (match racing, best-of-seven):
Team ENGIE v PROFS I Youth America’s Cup Team Austria: 4:1

Semi finals (match racing, best-of-five):
NORAUTO v PROFS I Youth America’s Cup Team Austria: 3:0
Team ENGIE v ARMIN STROM Sailing Team: 2:3

Phuket King's Cup races 1 & 2 (Photo © Max Ranchi  -  www.maxranchi.com )

Phuket King’s Cup races (Photo © Max Ranchi – www.maxranchi.com )

Phuket King’s Cup races photos © Max Ranchi – www.maxranchi.com

article by Guy Nowell

We should all remind ourselves occasionally that Race Officers cannot control the wind. That is the prerogative of an even higher authority. The first three days of the 2014 Phuket King’s Cup have involved a great deal of waiting around in the sort of hot sunshine that some people pay good money for, but the lack of wind has been frustrating. This morning’s start was therefore a very welcome change, with 10-12 knots of cooling easterly to send all boats off from the two course areas and away on a trip around the islands. ‘And please remember that everyone – all divisions – should be listening on 77 once they have started.’

Courses involved varying distances along the ‘Koh Kaeo Noi – Koh Hi – Koh Aeo – Safe Water Mark’ sequence that will be familiar to anyone who has sailed in a King’s Cup. All the way to the SWM and back again (28nm) for IRC 0, and a brief excursion round Koh Bon and Koh Hi (14nm) for the Classics and Modern Classics. The breeze held good all the way up the inside of the islands, and the big bad fast boats were round the Safe Water Mark inside 1hr 45m, and hoisted spinnakers for the rush down the outside of the course and back to the finish. Little by little the wind eased – those who sailed fastest got home quickest (so to speak) and the rich got richer. Jelik was through the finish line, showered, and ready for entertainment after less than three hours racing.

As the wind softened through midday and the early afternoon, some boats failed to make the finish cut-off. That’s what gates are for, and so times were taken back to whichever gate had recorded all boats in any given class. Some confusion was occasioned by boats retiring but failing to inform the Race Officer, but a process of patient deduction by the scoring department sorted it all out in the end.

Notable performances out on the racetrack came from HiFi and Beau Geste in IRC 0, with the latter taking honours by a scant 43 sec on corrected time. Beau Geste leads the division by two points from HiFi after six races, but there are two days of racing to come and the fat lady has not even started her vocal exercises. Nick Burns’ EFG Bank Mandrake got on the pace today to take a win in IRC 1, pushing Island Fling down to second place by a substantial 8 mins, and Hannes Waimer scored yet another bullet at the top of IRC 2 to make it five from six races. Activity in IRC 3 is no less feisty, with Foreign Affair chalking up another win to keep themselves at the top of the leaderboard by a single point over Madame Butterfly.

The cat in the adage says that as long as the last day of a regatta has wind, everything else will be forgotten. Today’s breeze was good for most, and the forecast is for more of the same tomorrow:– one more day like that, and the slow start to the week will be happily lost in the haze of memory.

Full Results at www.kingscup.com

Result thru Day 4

Short Results (drops applied to classes that have completed more than 5 races):

IRC 0
1. Beau Geste (6)
2. HiFi (8)
3. Oi! (16)
IRC 1
1. Island Fling (6)
2. EFG Bank Mandrake (12)
3. Uranus (13)
IRC 2
1. TBG Team Premier (5)
2. Foxy Lady VI (11)
3. Windsikher (14)
IRC 3
1. Foreign Affair (6)
2. Madame Butterfly (8)
3. Tuay Lek (22.5)
Premier Cruising
1. Pine Pacific (6)
2. Starlight (8)
3. Zuhrah (13)
Bareboat Charter A
1. Uhuru (7)
2. Papaya (11)
3. Isabella (12)
Bareboat Charter B
1. Alexa (9)
2. Sarawadee (13)
3. Shiraz (16)
OpenCharter
1. Kata Rocks 3 (5)
2. Sailplane (7)
3. Sita (12)
Cruising
1. Lady Bubbly (9)
2. Skyelark (11)
3. H-Trip (13)
Modern Classic
1. Windstar (7)
2. Remington (10)
3. Farrgo Express (11)
Classic
1. Ravensong. (Atlanta having declined further racing, there is only one boat in this class).
Multihull Cruising
1. Minnie (5)
2. Star Fruit (7)
Multihull Racing
1. Hurricane (4)
2. Java (8)
3. 3 Itch (13)

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